Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

TRAVEL COLLAGE: STOREFRONTS AROUND THE WORLD





Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Amsterdam | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



How do you feel about shopping?
Does poking around in a store
make your heart go pitter patter.......
Or does the mere thought of stepping into a retail establishment give you chest pains?

As much as I appreciate the ease of 

click-click-put-it-in the-cart-have-it-delivered-just-open-the-front door-online shopping,
I'm a sucker for a charming storefront........
one that lures me right in.......
holding promises of trinkets, jewelry, gourmet foods, knick-knacks, clothing, 
gadgets, souvenirs, gag gifts, curiosities, objets de art.........
or who knows???



I've put together a collection of interesting storefronts from around the world
that have enticed me to walk through their doors.

Which one would tempt you


A jewelry and gift gallery in Greenport, NY?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Greenport, NY | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


An Italian market in Sorrento, Italy?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Sorrento, Italy | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A so-bright-you-gotta-wear-shades Caribbean gift shop on the island of St. John?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is on St. John, US Virgin Islands | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A purveyor of everything apricot in Durnstein, Austria?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Durnstein, Austria | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A nautical emporium in Key West, Florida?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Key West, Florida | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A Dutch depository chockablock with curiosities in Amsterdam?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Amsterdam | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A quaint little cottage overflowing with vintage goodies in Long Beach Island, New Jersey?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is on Long Beach Island, NJ | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A gallery laden with works of art in historic Charleston, South Carolina?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Charleston, South Carolinia| Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A factory filled with mementos for your lower-IQ buddies in Waikiki, Hawaii?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Honolulu, Hawaii | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A boutique by the bay bedecked with coastal souvenirs in Beach Haven, New Jersey?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is on Long Beach Island, NJ | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A happy little hive selling honey and textiles in Bratislava, Slovakia?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Bratislava, Slovakia | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A curbside bazaar featuring vibrant apparel in Positano, Italy?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Positano, Italy | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A graffiti-covered boutique hawking handmade woolens in Reykjavik, Iceland?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Reykjavik, Iceland | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A shack in the sand offering Caribbean island specialties on Grand Cayman?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is on Grand Cayman Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
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A hippie haven stuck in the 60's in Woodstock, New York?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Woodstock, NY | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A showroom lined with colorful ceramics in Amalfi, Italy?

Are you seduced by a charming storefront? This one is in Amalfi, Italy | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Which shop tugs at your purse strings?





Thursday, October 31, 2019

PHOTO DIARY: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2019 - FROM C TO SHINING C









I'm so confused.

I know the calendar says October 31..........
Kids will be ringing my doorbell later today, dressed in their costumes.......
We celebrated my birthday in early September.......
Fall foliage is at its peak.......
Clocks get turned back this weekend.......
I'm wearing fleece.......and boots........and socks......
My summer plants are dead (well, most of them).......
There are mums on my front porch.......
We've covered up the furniture on the deck.......
I made squash soup.......

But somehow, I'm surprised that tomorrow is November. 

 Good thing I have pictures to prove 
that I didn't sleep through September and October.

I present to you my photo diary ........





Blues
September began with a quick visit to Florida, where the sky, sea and pool were various peaceful shades of blue.

Boca Raton, Florida at the Intracoastal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Boca Raton, Florida at the Intracoastal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Purple
Beauty Berries were at their purply prettiest in late September.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Endless Summer hydrangeas were still hanging on at the end of October, looking especially lovely as their leaves started to turn red.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Red, White & Blue
Wavy colors of the flag reflected in a lake. 

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Oranges, Golds, Reds, and Browns
As we moved into October, fall colors popped up everywhere........

On the kitchen counter........

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Outside of Eli's Market  (of Zabar's fame) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.........

Eli's Market, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


In the backyard.......

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


On the steps to the deck.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


All around the neighborhood.......

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Birthdays
Mine, in early September, was celebrated at the theater. The show, especially Jeff Daniels, was fantastic!

To Kill A Mockingbird, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


One of my very closest friends and I feasted at the incredible Benno (which just received a Michelin star in the 2020 guide) to celebrate both of our birthdays.



Another amazing double-birthday fete for my BFF and myself was held at Manhatta (see Cityscapes, below). I know that this looks like a mouse on a hockey puck covered in feta cheese, but it was a delectable chocolate cake with gelato (blueberry, maybe? I forget), and crumbly white chocolate.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #manhattarestaurant


Finally, we celebrated my aunt's 95th birthday. She is truly 95 years young!

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Birds
A baby sparrow, I think?

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A downy woodpecker turns his back on The Cardinal.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's not too often that an American Goldfinch comes to call.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


This hummingbird preferred my flowers to the feeder.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Puppy.
Sadie, in her favorite position, looking out the window.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Squirrel.
He's finding this flower stem quite tasty.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

College.
We took a ride to see our college boy, where the campus was in full fall splendor.

September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Best Donuts
D'Ercole Donuts, voted #3 Donut bakery in New Jersey, were a treat for Junior Goo Shoes and his suite mates (and we bought a few extra for us). Tasty! 😋

D'Ercole's Donuts, September October Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Best Pizza
Frank Pepe Pizza in New Haven, CT is consistently voted the #1 pizzeria in the U.S. We finally got to try their signature white clam pie.  Yum! 😋

Frank Pepe's White Clam Pizza in New Haven, CT | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Views
The view of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges from Manhatta restaurant's 60th floor, where my BFF and I celebrated our birthdays, was truly special.

Two Bridges: View from the 60th floor of Manhatta Restaurant is spectacular! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Flatiron Building 
One of the most beautiful buildings in NYC was dressed in scaffolding and golden sunlight when I walked by.

Flatiron Building, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Freedom Tower
I spotted it from afar between two buildings, on my way to Manhatta. See more of it, here.

Freedom Tower, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Vessel at Hudson Yards.
Remember when I saw it the first time (here)? Well, this time, I went inside. We only went half way up because it was so windy.......I thought we might blow right across the river to NJ!

Looking down......... 

Inside The Vessel, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Looking up........

Inside The Vessel, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Rockefeller Center
A quick stroll through on my way to the dentist never gets old.

Rockefeller Center, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 
Central Park
Peeking through a cutout at Bethesda Fountain. More on this beautiful spot in an upcoming post. 

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



I returned to Bow Bridge almost exactly one year later. It wasn't as pretty as it was during my last visit at the golden hour, but pleasing, still.  

Bow Bridge in Central Park, NYC is one of the most photographed spots in the city.| Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

That's a wrap! 
"C" you next month!




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